Why we offer Digital Citizenship in our schools
With an emphasis personal and ethical behaviour, Digital Citizenship is key to helping our students use available digital technologies to the fullest of their capabilities so that they may reach their full potential. Our goal is to help our students thrive in today's technology rich world.
Our approach is very much based on the teaching of the Catholic Church:
"When people exchange information, they are already sharing themselves, their view of the world, their hopes, their ideals. It follows that there exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others. To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgments that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken of specifically.
Furthermore, it is also true in the digital world that a message cannot be proclaimed without a consistent witness on the part of the one who proclaims it. In these new circumstances and with these new forms of expression, Christians are once again called to offer a response to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is within them (cf. 1 Pet 3:15)." Pope Benedict XVI message - 45 World Day of Communications, June 5, 2011
To find resources and support in the area of media literacy and digital literacy for young people, visit Media Awareness Network at www.media-awareness.ca.
Digital fluency is the ability to choose the appropriate piece of technology for a particular situation in order to achieve the desired outcome. It is one of the key competencies in the new Framework for Student Learning in Alberta.
The Digital Fluency Handbook is intended to provide educators support for implementing technology within the context of digital fluency. It is intended for the digitally fluent and the not-so-digitally fluent educator.
Great Teaching and Learning Resources
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools subscribes and/or purchases licenses for a number of software applications and programs to enhance student learning and engagement. Below are some of the currently available ones in our schools. Keep in mind that some of these software applications are grade specific and may not be available in all schools.
School Tech Coach
Technology is changing our world and Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools is committed to integrating technology into student learning.
Every school has a teacher assigned to be a Technology Coach. They are known as Tech Coaches. These teachers assist in the transformation of student learning by providing their schools with a customized instructional support program and by sharing best technology instructional practices.
The purpose of the Technology Coach is to assist teachers with effective use of technology in the classroom in order to improve student learning. Tech Coaches accomplish this many different ways including:
- Conducting individual or small group teacher conferences on appropriate use of instructional technology in all content areas.
- Modeling appropriate teaching strategies and team teaching lessons infusing technology in classrooms.
- Demonstrating and promoting appropriate and ethical use of technology with regard to privacy and copyright issues.
- Providing up to date training on the technology tools in your school and their most effective use in the curriculum in order to meet district initiatives.
Tech Coaches meet a number of times over the school year to collaborate and learn about best technology instructional practices that they can take back to their schools. By focusing on the the integration of technology, they play an critical role in achieving the goals of the Division 3-Year Education Plan.